Capital One issues instant card numbers upon approval to select cardholders who have enrolled online. Viewing your Capital One Platinum card details requires downloading the Capital One mobile app. To log in to the app, simply use the details from your Capital One online account. If eligible, your card number will be displayed in the “Your Card Number” section of the app. Otherwise, you will have to wait up to 10 business days for your physical Capital One Platinum card to reach you.
Accounts eligible for instant card numbers will have to pass certain security checks, but the issuer does not disclose the exact criteria that determine which cardholders have access to this feature.
Yes, you can use a credit card before it arrives in the mail, but only with certain cards. If you want to use a credit card early, you must either have an American Express or Capital One credit card or one of a handful of other offers, including the Apple Card, and some store credit cards. Normally, you can’t use a credit card without restriction before it arrives, because you can’t see the full credit card number, expiration date and CVV until you have the card in hand.… read full answer
Credit cards that you can use before arrival
Cards from certain issuers: If you need to start using a credit card today, you’ll likely want to consider applying for an American Express credit card. Amex is one of the few card issuers that will give out a full card number that can be used anywhere upon approval of an application. Capital One credit cards are also sometimes available for immediate use via the Capital One mobile app. But not everyone is eligible for this feature.
Co-branded cards: Some credit cards that you can use before the actual card arrives - like the Apple Card - only allow you to add the card to a merchant-specific digital wallet. So you’ll only be able to use it with that merchant until the card arrives in the mail.
Some store cards: There are a few credit cards that you can use instantly after approval, like the Fingerhut Credit Card. But you can only use this card for purchases at Fingerhut.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that you can ask a credit card issuer for expedited card delivery – in some cases, this will get the card to you the next day. Finding a card that you can use before it arrives in the mail might seem less important with that in mind.
You might be able to use your Capital One credit card before it arrives by using the “View Card Number” feature on the Capital One Mobile app. However, not everyone is eligible for this feature, so instant use is not guaranteed.
If you’re interested in getting the Capital One Walmart Rewards® Mastercard®, you can get an instant card number upon approval. But this is only applicable to in-store applications and at Walmart’s website. Once approved, you would receive a temporary shopping pass that you can use for purchases right away. Applications completed via the Capital One application page will not benefit from this.… read full answer
Here’s how to use a Capital One credit card before it arrives:
The best credit card you can use instantly is the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express. You can access the card number immediately after being approved for an account online, then begin to make purchases until you receive the physical card in the mail.
Blue Cash Preferred offers up to bonus cash back rewards in certain spending categories and a $350 statement credit for spending $3,000 in the first 6 months. It also requires a minimum of good credit for approval. Just remember that you’ll only have a short period of time to write down your card information once you’re approved for this credit card. People who miss this window of opportunity will need to wait until they get the card in the mail.… read full answer
Best Credit Cards You Can Use Instantly After Approval
Instant approval is always possible when you apply for a credit card online or in person, but credit cards that you can use instantly are uncommon. Some credit card issuers don’t offer any credit cards you can use instantly, while others have only a few.
Instant use is available for people who add certain Chase cards to a digital wallet upon approval. Eligible cards include Chase Freedom Unlimited®, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, and the Chase Freedom® Student credit card, among others.*
Standard shipping time for new cards is 7-10 business days.
*Please note, at this time the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card, IHG® Rewards Traveler Credit Card, Aeroplan Credit Card, Chase Freedom Flex℠, Amazon.com Credit Card, Disney Premier Credit Card, Disney Rewards Credit Card and Business credit cards cannot be added to a digital wallet upon card approval. However, once you receive your physical card you can add it to a digital wallet.
If you’re not able to get a credit card you can use instantly, don’t worry. Credit cards usually only take 7-10 business days to arrive after you’re approved. And many credit card companies provide expedited delivery for a small fee, or sometimes even for free.
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